Tuesday, January 31, 2017

An ode to Groundhogs Day




Here’s to the special Holiday, so soon after the New Year; 
and with it our weather forecast, that we wait with baited breath to hear.
Just who is this evil sorcerer, who can end winters icy chill? 
Why, It’s the humblest of all the creatures, called Punxsutawny Phil!
He’s just a groundhog, a furry mammal as you all know; 
but every February 2nd, he’s the star of our weather show.
He doesn’t care about politics, nor about what you do; 
Phil doesn’t even care if you’re red or if you’re blue.
He doesn’t even notice, how much money you might make; 
he just wants us all to know, about what’s really at stake.
Six more weeks of winter, the worst news that he could bring; 
but if we’re really lucky, we’ll get an early spring!
Phil doesn’t care, if you’re woman or if you're man; 
he just makes his prediction, the best that he possibly can.
When he calls for spring, he makes most people glad; 
but if it’s more winter, then he makes most people mad.
From the California rains, to the states with all the snow; 
all I can say for sure is, PLEASE LET THIS WINTER GO!
I bring you this meager verse, from the state of Colorado; 
where the winter is REAL and I pray, that he doesn't see his SHADOW!
But don’t blame the groundhog, he just calls it as he sees; 
it is whatever it is, so go on out and do as you please.
I’m doing that here in the Springs, riding my mountain bike in the snow; 
and with these final words of mine, I guess I'll let you go.
Our lives are too short, to let winter stand in the way; 
so even when it’s cold outside, I say go out and PLAY!
I’ve nothing more to offer, this is the last thing that I’ll say; 
I hope you all have a wonderful, fantastic Groundhogs Day!

Colorado Springs, Gold Camp Rd, 1st tunnel (5 miles in), 1/29/17

Saturday, January 21, 2017

May you live in interesting times!

Well. A LOT has happened since my New Years post. Lots of great College Football, lots of great NFL football, the start of cycling season Down Under, and hmm...seems I'm forgetting something, what could it be? OH, RIGHT! We have a new President! I almost forgot about that, what with the almost non-existent media coverage and all. It ALMOST slipped by under the radar. Sheesh...the Media really needs to pay attention and start reporting on this stuff!

Yes, like it or not, Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America.

Wow. Or maybe it's WOW.

It just seem so surreal. I mean, yes, we had Ronald Reagan the actor as President...but he had also been Governor of California, so had SOME actual inkling of what a President should do. But Donald Trump?

REALLY?? This isn't a joke? The guy from reality TV is our PRESIDENT? Ha ha...April Fools (in January)...he's not REALLY our President...gotcha! Made ya look!

But alas, I woke up this morning (Saturday), and while getting ready for work turned on the news, and lo and behold it wasn't a dream...he really IS President (tho I was very lucky to catch a teensy snippet saying so...cuz, you know...the near entire media in this country totally not reporting anything about this whatsoever). And so, away we go on this wild ride we are all on. The roller coaster has left the station. And the ENTIRE COUNTRY, belay that.....WORLD, is along for this ride. Wherever it takes us. I'm not even sure these tracks HAVE an end...maybe they just shoot the car off a cliff, or maybe in 4 years we will cruise smoothly into the end of the ride...we just don't know!

So, just WHERE will we ALL be 4 short years from now? Will things TRULY be better for most of us, (which is ALWAYS the hope for a new President)? Will wrongs have been righted? (Will rights have been wronged?) Will our income tax system have been FINALLY overhauled for the BETTER of the average citizen? Will our immigration PROBLEM have been fixed? (for those of you who don't live anywhere the southern border, you may not realize the extent of our problem...but I can assure you, people in New Mexico, Arizona and California can give you a good description). Will the immigration problem (assuming it's been fixed) have been handled FAIRLY and HUMANELY? Will our world-standing have taken a turn for the BETTER? Will our military be STRONGER? Will our (and by "our" I mean "the world's") environmental problems be better? Will racism (in BOTH directions, anti-black, anti-white) be better? Will our nations deficit be LOWER than the 19 TRILLION and change that it currently is (consider that we're adding 3.1 BILLION $ a day at the moment)? Will our businessman President reign in Congress (wouldn't THAT be something!) and get spending under control, halting or better-yet REDUCING our deficit? What will our space program look like? We retired the space shuttles with NOTHING to replace them, and as a result have been pretty much financing the Russian space program, paying a kings ransom for each astronaut we send to the ISS. What about the war in space (if you don't know about this, google "CNN Special Report, the War in Space...it's pretty damn scary!)? Cyber-terrorists? Al-Qaida? ISIS/ISIL? Home-grown terrorists? Gun control (or more accurately, the further erosion of the 2nd Amendment from the honest law abiding citizens by making new laws that DON'T FIX THE PROBLEM)? Will WE (the average American Citizen) have more or less freedom than we do now? What about our Government spying on us and their misdeeds to US Citizens? (everybody should watch "Snowden", a documentary movie made about Edward Snowden by Oliver Stone). Along w/ Snowden, everybody should also watch "CitizenFour", another documentary about Snowden, except this one IS Snowden and the actual reporters, not just a movie about him).

This all (the current state of our country) reminds me of a scene in the movie "Dave", in which the imposter President Mitchell (played fabulously by Kevin Kline) has a press conference and says "we've got so many problems that we don't even know where to start". I feel like we're there now. In the movie he (the imposter President) steps up his game, and after firing the Chief of Staff works very hard for the betterment of the common people, homeless people, working people....the average Joe. In the movie we had a fantastic President, even if he only was a Temp.

Dave, we need you! Or certainly someone LIKE you. 

Can (will) Donald J. Trump be able to make things BETTER, or will he make things WORSE? Will he be able to work WITH Congress for the betterment of the country? (that would honestly be a bone-fide MIRACLE, not just for DJT but for ANY President). Can (will) Congress get their collective heads out of their un-named orifices and DO THEIR JOBS for a change? What will the Supreme Court look like 4 years from now? IMO, anytime there's an odd number of judges in the Supreme court and a vote comes up with an even number on both sides of the issue, I personally think the senior judge should NOT vote and leave it as a tie. Anytime something HUGE (ie: ANY case before the Supreme Court) comes down to ONE PERSON being in a position to make that decision for EVERYBODY, that is just too much power. But that's just my 2 cents worth.

COMPROMISE! THAT is the name of the game people. NOBODY gets everything they want. Our system was made by our VERY SMART forefathers to FORCE compromise. When there's no compromise, NOTHING gets done. Nothing gets FIXED. We NEED things to get fixed, as I'm afraid we are quite broken. Our government "of the people, by the people, for the people" is out of control, and has been for some time now. They seem to be more interested in KEEPING their jobs than DOING their jobs. About the only thing I can say with utter certainty about DJT is that he has a pretty steep uphill battle against him. Like any President, he has roughly 1/2 the country hating his guts (only in his case it's actually over 1/2). Can he win over even SOME of the haters? Will he LOSE some of his supporters? One thing is for sure...he's been elected. We all owe him a chance (what other option IS there?) Just like every other President over the centuries has had their chance. Maybe he can pull off a miracle and unite our country....but quite honestly it's a VERY tall order. With the current state of the red and blue division in our country I seriously doubt ANYBODY can pull that off. Well, maybe Clint Eastwood could....I think he'd be a popular President. All we'd have to do is send a bunch of copies of all the spaghetti westerns (Hang Em High, A Fistfull of Dollars, etc) and Dirty Harry movies to our enemies, and they'd be quaking in their boots at us with him as our President!

But that's the end of my rant today. To find out where this all leads, tune into the next edition of SOAP! (am I showing my age by referencing that TV comedy show of the late 70's? I personally thought it was HILARIOUS!)

Hang in there America...and think good thoughts. We NEED them! And hey....like Ellen DeGeneres says at the end of every show..."Lets be kind to each other"! Words to live by for SURE!

I fly to Colorado Springs AGAIN on Monday for another 3 weeks. Old Man Winter, here I come (hooray). Yes, that was my totally heart-felt rousing cheer to go freeze my hiney off again. I've GOT to get back to Hawaii...where we're cold at 60 degrees! THAT'S my kind of winter! Later gaters! And on that note, I'll sign off.

Cheers!